The sink as a correctable source of extended-spectrum β-lactamase contamination for patients in the intensive care unit

I. Wolf, P.W.M. Bergervoet, F.W. Sebens, H.L.A. van den Oever, P.H.M. Savelkoul, W.C. van der Zwet

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Abstract

Between December 2010 and April 2012, intensive care unit (ICU) patients in our hospital were infrequently colonized with extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-positive bacteria (ESBLs). We hypothesized that these ESBLs originated from patients' room sinks, and this was prospectively investigated by weekly culturing of patients and sinks during a 20-week period. ESBLs were isolated from all 13 sinks. Four patients became colonized with ESBLs that were genetically identical to ESBLs that had previously been isolated from the sink. One of these patients died of pneumonia caused by the ESBL. Transmission from sinks to patients was stopped by integrating self-disinfecting siphons to all sinks on the ICU. (C) 2014 The Healthcare Infection Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-130
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Volume87
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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Wolf, I. ; Bergervoet, P.W.M. ; Sebens, F.W. ; van den Oever, H.L.A. ; Savelkoul, P.H.M. ; van der Zwet, W.C. / The sink as a correctable source of extended-spectrum β-lactamase contamination for patients in the intensive care unit. In: Journal of Hospital Infection. 2014 ; Vol. 87, No. 2. pp. 126-130.
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The sink as a correctable source of extended-spectrum β-lactamase contamination for patients in the intensive care unit. / Wolf, I.; Bergervoet, P.W.M.; Sebens, F.W.; van den Oever, H.L.A.; Savelkoul, P.H.M.; van der Zwet, W.C.

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